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State House Passes Three Natural Gas Bills

The state House of Representatives this week passed three bills intended to transition Pennsylvania’s oil-based transportation system to a system that uses more of the natural gas found right here in the state. One measure would provide tax credits to those who purchase large natural gas-powered vehicles. A second bill would establish “natural gas corridors”…

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Sutter, Morrow Score Twice Apiece In 6-4 Win Over Habs

Brandon Sutter and Brenden Morrow both scored a pair of goals at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won for the fifth straight time, earning a 6-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Pens (33-10) have won 20 of their last 22 games, and are now just one win away from…

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Corbett Suit Against The NCAA To Be Heard May 1

Lawyers representing Governor Tom Corbett and the NCAA have been summoned to a May 1 court hearing regarding the Governor’s lawsuit against the college sports association. The NCAA is looking to have the antitrust lawsuit dismissed.  Corbett is looking to have the court strike down the NCAA’s $60-million fines against Penn State University, as well as other…

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Oil City Woman Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teenager

An Oil City woman was arrested Tuesday after she was accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year-old boy. Oil City Police say they have charged 22 year-old Brittany Fritz with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and the corruption of a minor. Police reports indicate the charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred…

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Bill Introduced To Abolish State Turnpike Commission

About a dozen state lawmakers gathered at a state Capitol press conference on Wednesday morning to announce the introduction of a bill to abolish the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. House Bill 1197, sponsored by state Representative Donna Oberlander from Clarion County, would “cede all operations, maintenance, construction and other responsibilities” to PennDOT.  The state would be required…

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Rain Cancels Bucs-Cards Game After Two Innings

Thunderstorms forced the cancellation of Tuesday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The contest will be rescheduled for a later date, and will be replayed in its entirety. Tuesday’s game was originally halted after two innings with the Pirates leading 4-2.  Following a delay of…

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Man Arrested Tuesday At Franklin High School

State Police say they arrested a Franklin-area man Tuesday on the grounds of Franklin High School. Troopers say they arrived to discover 50 year-old David Way engaged in a verbal disagreement with school officials about school safety issues. Officials at Sandycreek Elementary School, across the road from the high school complex, say a man fitting…

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Venango County Starts Morning Without Power

Many Venango County residents were left in the dark as they prepared for work and school on Wednesday morning. The lights went out at about 6,000 homes and businesses shortly after 6:30 AM.  By mid-morning, power was restored in most areas. Penelec officials reportedly responded to a report of a small explosion at their substation…

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General Reno To Be Honored With New Historical Marker

A Civil War general who is remembered with a Venango County community that bears his name will now be honored with a new state historical marker recently approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. General Jesse Reno will be recognized on one of a dozen new markers to be erected in the state this…

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National Work Zone Awareness Week Observed

This week (April 15-19) has been designated as “National Work Zone Awareness Week.” Here in Pennsylvania, safety officials and PennDOT administrators are stressing the importance of safety at highway work zones.  According to PennDOT data, there were more than 1,600 crashes in Pennsylvania work zones in 2012.  Twenty-one people died in those crashes, and three…

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